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Improvements At Bandelier Include 55 Parking Spaces

Part of the new Cottonwood Parking Area at Bandelier National Monument. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com
 
Bandelier has 55 new parking places close to the Visitor’s Center in the heart of the park. The new spaces are on a narrow, paved road across Frijoles Creek from the existing parking lot and a newly-constructed bridge joins the two areas. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladaiypost.com
 
Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladaiypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Locals and return visitors alike will


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Bandelier National Monument Seeks Public Input On Fire Management Plan

Prescription fire underway in Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPS
 
BNM News:
 
Bandelier National Monument has announced that the park is re-initiating a planning effort to prepare a new Fire Management Plan and Environmental Assessment. 
 
The resulting plan will guide the full range of wildland fire program activities that will support land and resource management objectives. In 2013, Bandelier solicited public feedback regarding this Fire Management Plan. Now Bandelier is re-opening the public comment period in order to include

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$15 Million In Improvements Across Five Mountains!

SKI News:
 
DURANGO, Colo.   Resort officials with the largest ski area collective in the Southwest announced capital improvements that will be made for the 2017/2018 season at five southwestern mountains located in Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona, plus Colorado’s largest cat skiing operation. 
 
James Coleman, managing partner of  Purgatory Resort in Durango, Colorado;  Arizona Snowbowl in Flagstaff, Arizona; Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort near Taos, New Mexico; Pajarito Mountain Ski Area 

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SFNF Issues Closure Order For Jemez Cave

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) this week issued a closure order prohibiting the public from entering Jemez Cave and closing public access to user-created trails that lead to the cave as well as the area immediately surrounding it. This closure order, which replaces one initially issued in 2012, is effective until May 1, 2019, unless it is rescinded earlier.

Jemez Cave is located on the Jemez Ranger District in the Soda Dam Geologic Special Interest Area adjacent to N.M. 4. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Jemez Cave is culturally significant to the


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LANL: Managing Disease Spread Through Accessible Modeling

The research draws on Los Alamos’ expertise in computational modeling and health sciences and contributes to the Laboratory’s national security mission by protecting against biological threats. Infectious diseases are a leading cause of death globally. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Lower computing requirements and streamlined data analysis support public-health decision making

A new computer modeling study from Los Alamos National Laboratory is aimed at making epidemiological models more accessible and useful for public-health collaborators and improving disease-related decision


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Daily Postcard: Large Moth Spotted On Barranca Mesa

Daily Postcard: A large moth is spotted outside the front door of a Barranca Mesa home on a brick wall that for some reason attracts moths. Its body is about 1.5 inches long. It appears to be in the silkmoth (Hyalophora) family. Photo by Ken Hanson


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BLM Seeks Comments On Analysis Of Southeastern New Mexico Oil And Gas Lease Parcels For September Sale

BLM News:
 
SANTA FE  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking input on the analysis of 60 parcels in southeastern New Mexico for the September 2017 competitive oil and gas lease sale. The parcels are located in Eddy, Chaves, Quay, Curry, Lea, and Roosevelt counties.
 
The draft environmental assessment (EA) analyzes a range of alternatives for the sale and is available for review online at https://www.blm.gov/programs/energy-and- minerals/oil-and- gas/leasing/regional-lease-sales/new-mexico. Comments will be accepted through May 12,

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Coyote Ranger District Prescribed Burns Postponed

SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers on the Coyote Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest have postponed the previously announced Mesa Poleo and Gallina Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) prescribed burns that were tentatively scheduled for this week due to forecasted weather, including high winds and precipitation.
 
Fire managers closely monitor conditions before, during and after prescribed burns. If conditions change and are no longer optimal for prescribed burning, plans are cancelled or postponed. Fire crews on the Coyote Ranger District

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Sixty Plein Air Artists Draw Beauty Of Jemez Springs

Maryann McGraw paints a Valles Caldera plein air. Courtesy photo
 
ART News:

Sixty artists will be plein air painting April 28–May 4 throughout the Jemez Valley.

Those works will then be exhibited at Jemez Springs Fine Art Gallery commencing with an artists reception 1-3 p.m., May 6. Paintings from the “Plein Air Painters of New Mexico (PAPNM) Spring Paint-Out and Show” will be exhibited at the gallery through May 24 and will be available for sale.

The art of plein air painting is making a comeback and the village of Jemez Springs is excited to host the event.

“Jem


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Smart Design With Suzette: The Garagenous Zone

By SUZETTE FOX
Los Alamos

Garages have a way of going from (relatively) organized to complete chaos in no time at all. It then becomes a glorified shed. But, let’s face it, garage organization can be daunting and overwhelming. However, if you have a game plan, it can be a piece of cake. In this column, I will help you get started, give options for storage, safety, going green and other tips that you might not have heard before.

The Best Reason to Tackle This Project

If you’re like most of us, your car is a five-figure investment that you can’t do without. Why leave it outdoors, where it can suffer damage


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Earth Day Activities Include Local Solar Array Tours

Power Scheduler and Energy Manager for Los Alamos County Jordan Garcia, far left, led a tour of the County’s solar array Saturday morning. The tour was part of Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Earth Day festivities. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

A tour of the County’s solar array Saturday morning as part of Earth Day activities shows rows of solar panels constructed in 2011. It was explained during the tour that there is one 400 kilowatt panel, five that emit 100 kilowatts, and 10 that that emit 10 kilowatts. In total, the array generates one megawatt.


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WIPP’s Mine Rescue Team Wins Competition

Members of the WIPP Red Team prepare to begin the field portion of the mine rescue competition recently in Carlsbad.  Courtesy/WIPP
 
WIPP News:
 
The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) mine rescue teams (Red and Blue) recently competed in the Southwest Regional Mine Rescue Association Competition in Carlsbad.
 
The WIPP Red Team came away with top honors, being named the Overall Contest Champion and taking first in the field competition, and WIPP Blue Team members (Heath Fowler and Nico Dominguez) won the team technician category.

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More Scenes From PEEC’s Earth Day 2017

A large crowd turns out for the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s annual Earth Day event Saturday at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

Executive Director Katie Bruell at the PEEC information booth shows visitors the new ‘passport’ during Saturday’s Earth Day event at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

Norma the Scientist wearing her ‘Science Matters’ button receives a hug from a young admirer. Photo by Jennifer Bartram

Nirankar Ambriz with a female Mississippi Kite from the Land of Enchantment


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Earth Day Statement From The Nature Conservancy

By Justin Adams
Global Managing Director, Lands
 

We’re absolutely thrilled to see so much public support out on the streets for science and scientists. My field of environmental science has probably never been more important as today – and yet it has never felt more insecure. It is environmental science that tells us that natural climate solutions – planting trees and using less fertilizer, for example – are as important as solar panels and electric cars in the fight against climate change. 

The Earth Day Network’s mission to plant a tree for every person


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Los Alamos Celebrates Earth Day!

The PEEC Earth Day Celebration draws a big crowd today to the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
The Los Alamos Hill Stompers provide an Earth Day blowout. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
The Recycle Man and his young friend add some rhythm to the celebration. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Young gardeners. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
A volunteer from the Santa Fe Raptor Center shows off a barn owl. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Fuller Lodge Art Center Executive Director

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NMMNHS Features Owls In Land of Enchantment

One of the owl chicks looks nervously out of the nest. Photo by Dennis Dusenbery

NMMNHS News:

Revered and feared in folklore, owls are found throughout New Mexico. From open desert to mountain forest, these powerful hunters have evolved extraordinary senses to pinpoint their prey.

For a limited engagement, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) reveals this world in the Owls in the Land of Enchantment exhibition April 15 through Sept. 25.

A male Great Horned Owl looks casually at the photographer. Photo by Dennis Dusenbery

Images featured in Owls in the Land of Enchantment


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Wiemann: Be An Environmentally Friendly Investor

Information provided by
Shelly A. Wiemann
Edward Jones Financial Advisor

On April 22, we observe Earth Day, a worldwide event focusing on protecting the environment. As a citizen of this planet, you may want to take part in Earth Day activities. And as an investor, you can learn some valuable lessons from the environmental movement.

Here are a few ideas to consider:

“Recycle” proven strategies. Over the past few decades, we have discovered ways of bringing new life to objects we would have previously thrown away. When you invest, you also don’t need to discard things you’ve used before – such as


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